Hypertension on the Hill


(PHOTO: Jana Chytilova/CNW) Hypertension Canada held a blood pressure clinic on Parliament Hill today. Chicoutimi Member of Parliament Dany Morin had his blood pressure checked by Francine Poirier of Hypertension Canada to ensure his numbers were in a healthy range.

Almost six million people in Canada, about 1 in 5 adults, live with hypertension. Rising blood pressure over the long term causes atherosclerosis – the main risk for premature death (before the age of 65).

According to Hypertension Canada, Canada has become a leader in the early detection of high blood pressure, its treatment and overall management. Much of this Hypertension Canada attributes to the Canadian Hypertension Education Program (CHEP) – a knowledge translation program targeting primary care practitioners, providing annually updated recommendations and clinical practice guidelines to detect, treat and control hypertension.

Despite recent achievements, 1 in 3 people with hypertension have uncontrolled blood pressure, particularly high risk patients with diabetes and kidney disease; and almost 1 in 5 people with hypertension are unaware of their condition.

The primary mission of Hypertension Canada is advancing health through the prevention and control of high blood pressure and its complications.

For more info: http://www.hypertension.ca

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